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Zoe Raymond|Fitness & Yoga|Beauty & Fashion

Cervical Cancer Vaccinations.

If you have been following me on Twitter, you would have read that I have just gotten my 1st cervical cancer jab over the weekend. Cause I used to live in Bedok Reservoir, we always return to Dr. Tay in the East. He's our favorite doctor cause he is patient, soft-spoken, gentle and kind! (:

This post is written to educate ladies who may not know the importance of Cervical cancer vaccinations.


Cancer of the cervix is a serious and sometimes life threatening. Cancer causing human papilloma virus is not commonly associated with any symptoms. This means the virus can be spread without knowing.

Two HPV vaccines are currently on the market are Gardasil and Cervarix.
Gardasil and Cervarix are preventative vaccines and do not treat HPV infection or cervical cancer. They are recommended for women who are 9 to 25 years old who have not been exposed to HPV. However, since it is unlikely that a woman will have already contracted all four viruses, and because HPV is primarily sexually transmitted, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended vaccination for women up to 26 years of age. New evidence suggests that all Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are effective in preventing cervical cancer for women up to 45 years of age.

I have been talking about doing the jabs since 2 months ago and have been reading up to take Gardasil or Cervarix. We weighed and decided to go for the latter. Cervarix is designed to prevent infection from HPV types 16 and 18, that cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases.

These diseases include:
  1. Cervical Cancer (Cancer of the cervix, lower part of uterus or womb)
  2. Cervical abnormal and pre-cancerous lesions
  3. Changes in cells of cervix that have a risk of turning into cancer. 

Cervarix is given as an injection to the deltoid muscle of your upper arm and given us:
  1. First dose- At a date you have decided on. 
  2. Second dose- 1 month later. 
  3. Final dose- 6 months after 1st dose. 

The pain and side effects differ person to person. Zonia didn't feel any pain when the needle went in. However for me, I felt numbness in the arm immediately. We both felt numbness and inability to move arm freely 3 hours after the jab till the next day. This is normal. The jab was fast and pain was minimal.

For women below 26 years old age, the vaccination jabs can be claimed from Medisave. Dr. Tay's charges are SGD$300 nett for all 3 jabs. I have checked other clinics that charge about $360 excluding GST. Do remember to a call to the clinic to make sure they have stocks for Cervarix before heading down with your IC.

Let's all do our part and share about Cervical vaccinations with the Women around you today.

Tay Clinic
117 Bedok Reservoir Rd #01-62
Singapore 470117
Tel: 67419936

Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri: 0800 - 1300; 1400 - 1730
Sat, Sun and PH: 0800 - 1300

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Anonymous said...

hi zoe,
can i check if the vaccinations are more effective for those who hasnt been exposed yet(those without sexual experience)? because i called the cervical cancer hotline,they told me that for those who has sexua experience already wouldnt be able to benefit as much :(

Anonymous said...

Hi :)

Very interesting post. Just a note aside, may I ask why do u consider Cervarix over gardasil in the end? Shouldn't gardasil be a better option?